My Caucus Speech

William Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a representative of Rhode Island stated:

“To be prosperous is not to be superior, and should form no barrier between men. Wealth ought not to secure the prosperous the slightest consideration. The only distinctions which should be recognized are those of the soul, of strong principle, of incorruptible integrity, of usefulness, of cultivated intellect, of fidelity in seeking the truth.”

I believe that William states what is really needed from a political leader.

  1. Strong Principles
  2. Incorruptible Integrity
  3. Usefulness (goals that are useful to the country that they serve)
  4. Cultivated Intellect
  5. Fidelity in seeking the truth

I believe that it is our duty to make sure that wealth, and other factors don’t interfere with these attributes. We need to elect people with incorruptible integrity that will seek and stand for the truth.

Another key attribute that I feel needs to be taken into consideration when selecting anyone for public office is their love for the CONSTITUTION.

Alexander Hamilton on Aug 28, 1794 said it best, “A sacred respect for the constitutional law is the vital principle, the sustaining energy of a free government.”

I believe that the Constitution defines rights that are not subjected to actions by another person or group. These rights are natural rights, or rights that God has given to every man. Government should not be giving us rights, rights come from God. Once we let government tell us what rights we have and don’t have, then we put our faith and control in the hands of man instead of in the hands of God.

The Constitution does not grant us rights, it is designed to limit the control or the rights of the government. The founding fathers knew that there would be a time when government would seek to control every aspect of our lives. It is our responsibility to make sure that people are elected to government offices that also view our rights as God given, and not something that government can take way or grant.

The problem is that those with those attributes are members of the Silent Majority. The group of the American people that has now yet stood up and made their voices heard. But with the current happenings in Washington, this is no longer the case. The Silent Majority is not so silent anymore. Movements have started. We are seeing grassroot movements spreading. We see the 9/12 project, the Tea Party, the Patrick Henry Caucus, and many others. I think that the line written in the journal of General Yamamoto after the bombing of Pearl Harbor said it best, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with terrible resolve.”

The silent majority has been awakened, the American people are now filled with a terrible resolve to stop the injustices that we are currently seeing.

We need to evaluate every candidate to make sure they have

  1. Strong Principles
  2. Incorruptible Integrity
  3. Usefulness (goals that are useful to the country that they serve)
  4. Cultivated Intellect
  5. Fidelity in seeking the truth

AND A LOVE FOR THE CONSTITUTION, and the limiting power it puts on Government.

In conclusion, I would like to share another of my favorite quotes.

Benjamin Franklin, in one of his Silence Dogood Letter’s, stated that, “It is undoubtedly the Duty of all persons to serve the Country they live in, according to their abilities.” This is why I want to be an active member in this caucus. I feel that it is my duty to serve to the best of my abilities.

Comments

  1. I am excited that you were elected, I really appreciate your willingness to serve the rest of us. One thing to consider…I was thinking to myself during the caucus, if these delegates are too "polite" and just "put up" with arrogant Mr. Shanze and refuse to put him in his place… how can I trust them to deal with the ones in power? I would have told Mr. Shanze…. I am not and will not consider casting my vote for you for two reasons.. 1. I am familiar with your campaign for mayor, I disagreed with you on many aspects of your ideology, as well as your knowledge of the problems this position faced. I felt you were unqualified for Mayor. Why would I give you the highest position in the state government, governor if I can't even trust you with our little city? 2. You are being highly disruptive which tells me you disregard any rule of law. Technically you are breaking the rules with your rude disruptions. I refuse to vote for a candidate who considers himself "above" the rules.

  2. Congratulations on your newly elected position. From reading this blog I have a pretty good idea of what you believe in and what you stand for, so it's good to know that someone like you will be participating in the caucus.

    Stay true to your principles.

    -Plop

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